GSBS speaker to study neurodegenerative disease

By Bryan Goodchild

UMass Medical School Communications

May 23, 2013

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences class speaker Jeannette Osterloh has been passionate about science all her life and chose a research career focused on neurodegenerative disease in hopes of making a difference.

“I wanted to do something that could really have an impact and help people in the long term,” said Osterloh, a student in the lab of Marc Freeman, PhD, associate professor of neurobiology (and recently named Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator). “For most other diseases, there’s some treatment that you can have, but if you’re struck with a neurodegenerative disease, you really don’t have any treatment options. I felt like this is really a black box for us and that there would be a lot of areas for me to contribute to the field, to really improve the human condition.”

Osterloh is headed to San Francisco after Commencement, where she’ll work in the lab of Steve Finkbeiner, MD, PhD, at the Gladstone Institutes.

In this video profile, Osterloh talks about her education at UMass Medical School.